Draft Dodgers: 9 DIY Creations to Keep Out the Cold

Though the weather outside is frightful, wind-blocking draft dodgers are delightful...and wonderfully simple to make.

  1. Lock In the Heat

    Blocking Drafts

    Just as we lose body heat through our heads, our houses lose warmth through pesky drafts that sneak in through doors and windows. While it lacks the romance of a toasty fire in the hearth, stopping up those drafts can go a long way in preserving the heat generated by your radiator or heater. We've compiled a collection of our favorite DIY draft blockers in the hopes that you'll get all fired up for a weekend project that will keep you warm all winter long.

    etsy.com via GreenDecor

  2. Double-Sided

    Double Sided Draft Blocker

    Double up on the cold-proofing in interior rooms with a dual-sided draft blocker. A rigid foam filling works best for this option. If you're particularly resourceful, you might try to sacrifice last summer's pool noodle for a little extra warmth this season.

    etsy.com via Breezeze

  3. Faux Fur Friend

    Fur Draft Blocker

    You feel snug and warm in a faux fur blanket, so it's not that surprising to learn how effective this plush material can be as a draft stopper for your windows. Beware: The chic fabric is known to attract animals, so you might find your pets snuggling up in it.


  4. Wood-Look Warm Up

    Fake Branch Draft Dodger

    Create a draft dodger from natural-looking fabric and then attach "branches" to give it a lifelike look. This faux tree limb is a darling yet durable option for keeping cold air at bay.

    Related:  18 Reasons to Fall for Faux Bois

    instructables.com via ke11ys

  5. For the Kids

    Kids Draft Blocker

    If you have children, it's likely that your draft snake may end up as a part-time toy—so go ahead and bring the kids in on the fun. Let them apply eyes, mouths, tails, and feet to already assembled draft dodgers (those shown here were filled with uncooked rice).

    instructables.com via YukonJulie

  6. Comical Comfort

    Mickey Draft Blocker

    Another one for the kids! Break down one of their favorite animated characters into its essential features for a comical take on the draft snake. What children wouldn't delight at the sight of a beloved cartoon character sneaking into their room—and keeping them warm at the same time?

    instructables.com via caitlinsdad

  7. Knit for Duty

    Knit Draft Blocker

    A DIY draft blocker is a great next step for beginning knitters ready to graduate from scarves. Take this opportunity to plunge into circular knitting, or, once they've knitted two identical rectangles, teach them how to knit two pieces together.

    etsy.com via SarahTaylorDesigner

  8. Sock Blocker

    Sock Draft Blocker

    Even if you don't have any scrap fabric lying around, you may be able to make a draft dodger this weekend without having to buy anything. Find a couple of pairs of coordinated socks that are no longer suitable for wearing, stuff them, and stitch them together. Careful, the two socks on the ends can't have holes in the toes!


  9. No-Sew Dodger

    No Sew Draft Blocker

    When you need to stop drafts—and quick!—go the no-sew route. Roll batting material in scrap fabric and secure with matching ties cut from the same scraps. This option is great for a temporary fix—say, if "install new windows" is on next weekend's home improvement schedule.

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  10. Easy and Cheap

    Pipe Insulator Draft Blocker

    Perhaps the easiest and most restrained draft blocker on our list (and also the cheapest) takes no time at all. Repurposed pipe insulator, cut in half lengthwise, will fit snugly at the bottom of most doors. The best part? Your draft blocker will stay attached when the door is opened or closed.

    instructables.com via BarryMcGowan

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